Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Belgian Beer Tour tour
Antwerp Bruges Belgian Beer Tour Trip

Belgian Beer Tour

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit all six trappist breweries in belgium
  • Indulge in delicious belgian cuisine
  • Explore quaint towns like bruges and rochefort
  • Learn about (and taste) rare beers and see the monasteries where they are made

Short Description

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this eight-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. You’ll visit five Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium, explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles, and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Brussels
End City Antwerp

Destinations

Belgium

Cities & Attractions

Antwerp Bruges Brussels

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Foodie Moment: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting
  • Rochefort Your Foodie Moment: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting
  • Abbaye d'Orval Your Foodie Moment: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch
  • Bruges Your Foodie Moment: Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting
  • Westmalle Your Foodie Moment: Achel Visit with Beer Tasting
  • Achel
  • Brussels orientation walk
  • Bruges orientation walk
  • Antwerp orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Brussels

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: A note on the itinerary: Due to the nature of the Trappist brewing process, opportunities to visit the abbey, the breweries, and interact with the monks is based on the willingness of the abbey to open its doors to visitors and make an exception. We work very hard to bring as many of these behind-the-scenes experiences to fruition for our travellers, but we can't guarantee how much access we'll get. Be prepared to enjoy tasting the abbey-made beers at local cafés, which host visitors from all over the world looking for these exclusive drinks. We can guarantee we will visit five breweries in Belgium from the outside and experience these charming towns– enjoying their markets, castles, cafés, and delicacies– and will aim to gain as much access to the abbeys as the monks permit on any given day. It's all part of this delicious adventure! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Brussels (1B)

Belgium is know for many things, including fantastic cuisine. If the chocolate factory and Delirium beer hall only whet your appetite, opt for a beer walking tour before indulging in waffles, mussels, and 'frites'. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 3 Brussels/Rochefort (1B, 1L)

Travel by train and public bus to reach Rochefort in time for lunch. Head to the markets in this beautiful medieval town and collect some cheese, bread, meat, and local delicacies and enjoy a picnic with a Trappist beer. Brush up on your French as you chat with locals. See the church then enjoy a free afternoon with options like visiting the remains of a 2,000-year-old Gallo-Roman villa in the Archaeopark of Rochefort. Don't miss out on indulging in local Rochefort cheeses produced from a centuries-old recipe or some local cuisine like the giant meatball "gehaktbal", with "frites" and foie gras. Included Activities: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy Visit Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s)) Local bus (0.25 hour(s))

Day 4 Rochefort/Bruges (1B, 1L)

Head to Orval for a visit to the abbey's visitor centre. Sample some beer and Trappist cheese here before continuing on to Chimay. Enjoy an included lunch at the brasserie near Chimay to try beer normally reserved for the monks. The abbey and main brewing centre are not open to the public, but there are still plenty of opportunities to sample the local goods. Arrive at Bruges in the evening and head out for an orientation walk around the town. Included Activities: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting Chimay Visit with Lunch and Tasting Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.75-2.25 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)

Day 5 Bruges (1B, 1L)

With a free evening in enchanting Bruges, opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, or choose to rent a bike (complete with guide) and head out around the city and surrounding countryside. Included Activities: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch

Day 6 Bruges/Antwerp (1B)

Take a private van to Antwerp, stopping for a visit to Westmalle en route. The abbey here is closed to visitors but we will enjoy a tasting at the Café Trappisten, with the option for lunch including tastes of Trappist meat and cheese. Continue on to Achel for the last official Trappist tasting of the trip. There is the opportunity to sample some Achel beer, though again, the abbey will be closed to visitors. Arrive in Antwerp in the late afternoon. Opt to wander around the city and get a feel for the place. Included Activities: Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting Achel Visit with Beer Tasting Orientation Walk Transport: Stop along the way in Westmalle and Achel. Private Vehicle (100km)

Day 7 Antwerp (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Antwerp with the option to visit a local brewery by bike, check out some museums, or venture underground on an Antwerp sewer tour.

Day 8 Antwerp (1B)

Your CEO can help arrange transport back to Brussels airport.

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Belgian Beer Tour

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A great overall way to get a full taste of Belgium (for an organized tour) full circle of the country (not just a couple of cities) and a huge variety of beer tastings at your fingertips

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A great overall way to get a full taste of Belgium (for an organized tour) - full circle of the country (not just a couple of cities) and a huge variety of beer tastings at your fingertips. If we were to pick ONE favorite thing, it would be the tour of the private brewery with the brew master that Philip arranged. Philip having made arrangements that the brew master be available was the best. We had an amazing tasting, the information shared by the brew master was next to none, and an incredible BBQ.
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Great group for drinking beer with

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Great group for drinking beer with!

In addition to our more detailed response (see Stephen Walters), I can say that your company is very fortunate to have someone like Philip as a CEO

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In addition to our more detailed response (see Stephen Walters), I can say that your company is very fortunate to have someone like Philip as a CEO. He made the entire experience fun, he is very gifted in engaging people (all different sorts), he has control of the group when needed, and he is very encouraging to his group to explore and experience (and not just follow like sheep). Is he different- yes - but that's what made it so great!
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It felt like I made a lifetime of memories with strangers who I now can call close friends

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It felt like I made a lifetime of memories with strangers who I now can call close friends. I felt incredibly welcome even coming solo like I did, and also really comfortable with the group. Incredible Beer, Food, and Great Laughs. It was also fun to do the touristy stuff on the side in our free time, so it was a really thorough adventure that lived up to the expectations.
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This was again, another memorable trip with GAdventures and new friendships from a great group of travellers

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This was again, another memorable trip with GAdventures and new friendships from a great group of travellers. GAdventures fails to disappoint, so we're again looking for another great adventure next year.
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Ultimate Belgian Beer Experience.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Train, public bus, private van/bus.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Max 14, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Solo travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Should you prefer your own room for the entire tour, you can add the 'My Own Room' option for an additional cost.

Accomodations

Hotels (7 nts).

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

INTERIOR ACCESS Most abbey interiors and breweries are closed to visitors. It can be hit or miss as to how much we're permitted to see of the abbeys or the brewing process but we have insiders on the ground working to provide the most in depth experience possible. We will experience the exteriors of all the monasteries and sample beers produced from each abbey. Be prepared to be flexible and hope for the best!

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

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The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches

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